Calendar: June-August 2008

Historic dates in technology and upcoming IEEE events

6 June 2008


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6: 1933: The first drive-in movie theater opens,
in New Jersey.

11: 1915: Birth date of Nicholas Constantine Metropolis, developer of MANIAC, a computer used in developing the hydrogen bomb.

13: 1831: Birth date of James Clerk Maxwell, whose equations related electricity, magnetism, and inductance.

17: 17 June–22 June: IEEE organizational units meet in Denver.

19: 1623: Birth date of Blaise Pascal, mathematical theorist and inventor of the Pascaline calculating machine.

23: 1912: Birth date of Alan Mathison Turing, the mathematician and logician who designed the ACE computer.

24: 2009 President-Elect Candidates Night in Philadelphia.

26: 1824: Birth date of William Thomson (later Lord Kelvin), developer of the Kelvin scale of absolute temperature.

26: 1989: Robert Tappan Morris is the first person indicted by the U.S. government on charges of releasing a computer virus.

25 July

3: 1886: Birth date of J. Howard Dellinger, who helped develop the radiosonde, a balloon-borne device that relays data to weather stations.

8: 1937: England begins its 999 emergency telephone system for police, fire, and medical services.

17: 1909: The Shoshone Transmission Line, an IEEE Milestone, begins carrying power to Denver from Glenwood Springs, Colo.

20: 1937: Radio pioneer Guglielmo Marconi dies in Rome.

25: 1857: Birth date of Frank Julian Sprague, developer of the first commercially successful electric streetcar system—an IEEE Milestone.

26: 1989: Robert Tappan Morris is the first person indicted by the U.S. government on charges of releasing a computer virus.


13 August

3: 1811: Birth date of Elisha Graves Otis, inventor of the device that prevents elevators from falling if the hoisting cable is severed.

8: 1901: Birth date of the Nobel laureate Ernest Orlando Lawrence, inventor of the cyclotron.

12: 1960: Echo-1, the first telecommunications satellite, is launched.

13: 1977: Lightning triggers a massive power blackout in New York City.

20: 1911: The New York Times sends the first around-the-world telegram.

25: 1877: Birth date of Joshua Lionel Cowen, inventor of Lionel electric toy trains.

30: 28 August–1 September: Region 8 Student Branch Congress at the University of London.

Historical events provided by the IEEE History Center.
IEEE events indicated in RED.

Photo: Top: NASA; Middle: iStockphoto; Bottom: White House Press Office

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